An excited buzz is going around the 46 members of the FFFAIF who have signed up to fill the coach for the inaugural Commemorative Tour which will spend 14 days on the battlefields of the Western Front from 14th July – 27th July 2010 as they make plans, research and dream about their departure.
Photo: One of the tour destinations
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
The tour has been designed to give members a comprehensive view of the Australian battlefields of Belgium and France during the Great War. Planning is underway to include the commemorative requests and cemetery visits of those coming on the tour. It is shaping up to be a memorable experience.
If you have been considering joining the tour but have missed out on a seat we are compiling a ‘waiting list’ of interested members who would like to come aboard if seats becomes available. Please see details in the Members’ Area on how to have your name added to the list.
Matt & Chris
The Families and Friends of the First AIF applauds the joint Australian–UK decision to conduct a full DNA testing program on the remains of Australian and British soldiers found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles), and for their continuing commitment to identify as many of the fallen as is possible. We also thank the Australian, UK and French governments for affording dignified individual reburials for these soldiers, buried by German soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916, in the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery with services commencing on 30th January 2010.